By Jean Doran Matua, Editor
At its Oct. 8 regular meeting, the Watkins city council approved a revised contract with Meeker County for policing the city of Watkins. The revision increases the hours of patrolling, especially on weekends. It becomes effective Jan. 1, 2021.
The council approved purchase of a new Stryker AED for the ambulance service to replace its obsolete model. After a $10,000 contribution from Forest Prairie Township, it will cost about $8,500 more.
The council approved appointment of Ron Kramer as Fire Chief, and Chad Unterberger as Assistant Fire Chief.
The council approved a 2 a.m. liquor license renewal for Gordies Bar.
The council approved submitting a letter of intent for Transportation Alternatives (trails). This is the first necessary step toward possible construction of trails in 2025.
The council approved CARES expenses for the city.
The council discussed demo-
lition and removal of abandoned trailers at the mobile home park. Both owners live out-of-state, and it is unlikely now that it will happen yet this year because of regulations, title requirements, and expense. It is anticipated that two new mobile homes may be brought in soon.
The council continues to crack down on unlicensed vehicles.
The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12. The council will meet Nov. 13 to canvass the election; no election results will be official until Nov. 13.